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FOI 8008

Cycle Use Policy

Request

In particular, please identify the progress for implementation, as measured by length of additional cycle ways provided each year (as specified in Chapter 13, for the years 2005/06, 2006/07, 2007/08, 2008/09, 2009/10, 2010/11, 2011/12, 2012/13 and 2013/14.

Please also identify implementation of the following, as identified in T14 of the Plan:

i) A programme of rural traffic calming schemes and the creation of 'Quiet Lanes'

a) How many rural traffic calming schemes have been proposed?

b) How many have been implemented?

c) Reasons for non-implementation where appropriate.


ii) The achievement of a safer environment by introducing accident remedial schemes, road safety initiatives, and more secure cycle parking.

a) How many schemes in each of the three categories have been proposed?

b) How many have been implemented?

c) Reasons for non-implementation where appropriate.

iii) What consultations took place on the suitability of Brentwood High Street for cycling and the choice of paved surface? Was consideration given to provision of 'smooth routes' for cyclists? If so why was no account taken of the obvious unsuitability of the surface for cyclists?

Response

“Under the Freedom of Information Act 2000, I request all relevant documents, including minutes and meetings, in relation to the implementation of the Brentwood Replacement Plan 2005 with regard to provision for cycling.”

Local Plan Working Group Reports relevant to preparation of the Brentwood Replacement Local Plan (2005) are attached. No other relevant minutes or documents have been found when searching archives.

“In particular, please identify the progress for implementation, as measured by length of additional cycle ways provided each year (as specified in Chapter 13, for the years 2005/06, 2006/07, 2007/08, 2008/09, 2009/10, 2010/11, 2011/12, 2012/13 and 2013/14.”

The length of additional cycle ways has not been monitored by Brentwood Borough Council as part of the Council’s Annual Monitoring Report (AMR).

Essex County Council, as the Highways Authority for Brentwood Borough, may have more information on cycle ways as part of their Transport Plan or similar. Advise that contact be made via highways.enquiries@essex.gov.uk to ascertain if the County Council can help.

“Please also identify implementation of the following, as identified in T14 of the Plan:

i) A programme of rural traffic calming schemes and the creation of 'Quiet Lanes'

a) How many rural traffic calming schemes have been proposed?

b) How many have been implemented?

c) Reasons for non-implementation where appropriate.”

The creation of ‘Quiet Lanes’ as part of rural traffic calming schemes is not monitored by Brentwood Borough Council. The Highways Authority, Essex County Council, may be able to provide more information. Please contact highways.enquiries@essex.gov.uk.

“ii) The achievement of a safer environment by introducing accident remedial schemes, road safety initiatives, and more secure cycle parking.

a) How many schemes in each of the three categories have been proposed?

b) How many have been implemented?

c) Reasons for non-implementation where appropriate.”

The creation of ‘Quiet Lanes’ as part of rural traffic calming schemes is not monitored by Brentwood Borough Council. The Highways Authority, Essex County Council, may be able to provide more information. Please contact highways.enquiries@essex.gov.uk.

In terms of cycle parking provision, Brentwood Borough Council require secure and weather protected cycle parking to be provided within proposed development sites in accordance with the Council’s adopted Parking Standards Supplementary Planning Document (SPD). The Parking Standards SPD can be viewed on the Council’s website at www.brentwood.gov.uk/index.php?cid=1666.

“iii) What consultations took place on the suitability of Brentwood High Street for cycling and the choice of paved surface? Was consideration given to provision of 'smooth routes' for cyclists? If so why was no account taken of the obvious unsuitability of the surface for cyclists?”

As Highways Authority, Essex County Council are responsible for the design, consultation and delivery of the Brentwood High Street improvements. Although this was carried out in partnership with Brentwood Borough Council, questions regarding design and materials should be directed to the County Council at highways.enquiries@essex.gov.uk.